Open Letter to Mr. Giriraj Singh

Open Letter to Mr. Giriraj Singh

Honorable Mr. Minister,
                       I’m a great fan of yours, truly and definitely. I try and understand the deeper meaning of all your profound statements and what you said yesterday was still beyond my level of comprehension. It took me some time before I realized that the topic of your conversation was not anybody but none other than Congress President Sonia Gandhi and her beloved son, our very own heart throb Rahul Gandhi. While we aam girls have been fortunate time and again to be topic of conversation by several of your comrades, such senior leaders often remain out of lime light. I was always perturbed as to what dull and drab lives they may have. Finally my wished have been fulfilled by a messiah in your form. When you said that Rajiv Gandhi chose Sonia Gandhi for the color of her skin I was only too overwhelmed by emotions. That she rose to the echelons in her organization and became worthy of her husband solely based on skin tone was a deep and overpowering. You made me nostalgic and reminded me once again of the deeply ingrained racist mindset of Indians.
What I fail to intercept is the need for you to resort to such tactics? Is this your easy way to fame? In my little knowledge, you already gained that coveted spot last year. The moment you asked everybody who doesn’t support Mr. Modi to be banished to Pakistan just showed me a glimpse of your patriotism. I was amazed and motivated. Or is it because you are too ardent a follower of the super busy PM and will do anything it takes to grab his attention, be it forcing an apology out of him? Or maybe you are too naïve to fall into the trap of informality and become chatty?
However, much to my amusement, you have several of your companions with you in the game. The co-workers who not only are working for the upliftment and development of our country but are also sentimental like you. I can fairly recall your fellow parliamentarians putting their foot in mouth on occasions more than one. Only recently, the Goa CM asked protesting nurses to not sit in the sun as it might darken their skin tone and hamper their marital prospects. So very caring of you Mr. CM. Sharad Yadav was also embroiled in huge controversy for objectifying women, especially those living in south India. Those extreme sexist and misogynist comments in the parliament drew huge criticism from fellow Parliamentarians, including Smriti Irani. Other politicians like Mulayam Singh Yadav, Digvijay Singh have been too familiar with controversy to comfortably live with it. When the son of President Pranab Mukherjee spoke about the dented and painted women of our country, I was surprised for a while but then, they are all the same.

No wonder your comments drew huge flak from the opposition parties. It seems they have not got enough work to do and hence pick on innocent people like you. I am fully sympathetic with you dear Sir. When you say that all your comments were informal and innocuous I was touched. By tendering an apology for no fault of yours, you just elevated yourself to another level in my eyes. It’s not like you are going back on your words for the showcasing the highly patriarchal, misogynist and racist Indian society. You are just too polite to offend anybody. So what if it comes after you were alarmed of your future prospects in the party.

-An aam girl

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